Archive for the ‘Book Groups’ Category

Book Group Social Evening at Carnegie Library

April 9, 2018

Meet other book lovers and celebrate World Book Night at our book group social evening. We’ll also be joined by local author Catherine Alexandra who’ll be talking about her book ‘Dancing Through Fire’, a bittersweet tale of love and redemption in an unlikely friendship.

Monday 23 April, 7pm 

Tickets £2 (includes wine and nibbles)
To book your place please visit Carnegie Library or Tel: 01292 286385


New Monday Night Book Group at Girvan Library

March 2, 2017


If you’re passionate about reading and enjoy talking about books, why not join our book group? Discover new authors and titles, widen your reading choice and meet other readers in a friendly, informal setting.

We are taking names for a new group to start on a Monday evening from 6pm-7pm on the last Monday of the month. For more details please contact Girvan Library, Montgomerie Street, Girvan KA26 9HE Tel: 01465 712813

Calling all book lovers

April 27, 2016


Prestwick Library’s book groups are proving so popular we’re hoping to set up a new one. If you love reading and chatting about books come along and join us! To find out more Tel: 01292 476769 or drop in to Prestwick Library.

Have you asked Santa for an eBook reader or tablet this Christmas?

December 19, 2014


If you are lucky enough for Santa to bring you a shiny new gadget for Christmas, don’t forget to load it up with lots of FREE eBooks, magazines and newspapers from your library.


Check out the latest crime thriller or romance novel wherever you are and never have to worry about returning it. We have a great selection of titles available for children and adults in eBook and Audio book format. You could be reading your next book in minutes.

To browse the selection of titles we have available visit our eRead website.

For instructions on how to borrow eBooks and Audio books, or if you would like to check if your device is compatible, visit OverDrive’s easy to follow help guide.

Magazines and Newspapers

We also have full digital copies of all your favourite magazines and newspapers just a click away. Download as many magazines as you wish, and choose from over 2000 newspapers, with no returns!

Download and read on your PC, Mac, tablet or smart phone even when the library is closed!

To enjoy free newspapers, sign up for our magazine service, and for help getting started visit our Magazines and Newspapers websites.

See Book, Read Book

If Santa doesn’t bring you a new eBook reader or tablet, don’t despair! You can still enjoy our eRead service on any device that has a modern day web browser. Find out more information and help about using this new browser-based eBook reader.

Remember these services are only available for library members, so if you’re not a member yet find out how to join.

Readers’ Day at Carnegie Library

September 10, 2012

Readers' Day at Carnegie Library

Featuring Special Guests

Catherine Czerkawaska is an award winning Ayrshire based author of historical and contemporary novels, poetry, short stories and many plays for the stage and for BBC Radio 4.  When not writing, she also finds time to collect and deal in antique and vintage textiles.  Her short story collections ‘Stained Glass’ and ‘A Quiet Afternoon in the Museum of Torture’ are available through Amazon Kindle, as are her novels ‘The Curiosity Cabinet’, ‘Bird of Passage’, and her most recent work ‘The Amber Heart’ the first in a trilogy loosely based on her polish heritage.

Ross MacKenzie a local author who has recently won the Scottish Children’s Book Award with his first book, the fantasy adventure ‘Zac and the Dream Pirates’. Ross grew up in Renfrew and knew from a young age that he wanted to be a writer.  In fact, he completed his first illustrated book, about a crocodile called ‘Crunchy Colin’ in a smuggled school jotter when he was seven. Ross studied graphic design at college, and after graduating, went on to become a page designer at the Daily Record.

Anne Scott lectures in literature and has also been a BBC Scotland broadcaster.  Anne has never housed her books in order of theme or author yet she knows where each of them is and the kind of life it has led.  Some have been gifts but most have been chosen in bookshops unique in their style and possibilities.  Anne’s book is a journey through life in books and bookshops.

Sheila Templeton is a widely published and award winning poet and a member of the Makar poets. One of her many achievements was Poet in Residence at the Harbour Art Centre, Irvine from 2007 to 2010.  She writes about the experience of being a woman, relationships, growing older, and a sense of place.  Sheila’s latest poetry collection is ‘Digging for Light’.


Sunday 7 October 2012, 10.30am – 4pm

10:30am Registration & Coffee

10:45am Catherine Czerkawska

11:30am Ross MacKenzie

12:30pm  Lunch –  Competitions

1:15pm Afternoon registration for half day ticket holders

1:30pm Anne Scott

2:30pm Sheila Templeton

3:30pm Cream Tea & Competitions

4:00pm Finish & Prizes

Full day ticket (including lunch & cream tea) £12
Morning ticket £5
Afternoon ticket (including cream tea) £7

Booking Forms are available from Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr.

For more information please telephone 01292 286385.

Book Group Social Evening with Moira McPartlin

May 23, 2012

Join us for an evening with author Moira McPartlin as she talks about her new book ‘The Incomers’.

The Incomers by Moira McPartlinMission-raised Ellie Amadi expects to live a dream life when she and her son Nat leave home in West Africa to join her white, estate factor, husband James in the Fife mining village of Hollyburn. In 1966 Fife, mixed marriages are unusual, never mind interracial ones, and Ellie soon witnesses the villagers’ ignorance of outsiders. Ellie struggles to adapt to her new life and rebels against her husband’s pressure on her to conform.

Set in 1966, ‘The Incomers’ draws on deep parallels between the cultures of West Africa and Scotland. It provides a fascinating insight into the prejudice an African woman encounters on marrying a white Scot and settling in a small Fife village.

Find ‘The Incomers’ on our library catalogue.

Monday 11th June, Carnegie Library at 7.30pm
Tickets £2, refreshments provided. 

For more information and tickets:
Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB
t: 01292 286385 or  e:

Troon Library Book Group

March 8, 2012
Troon Library Book Group
Above is a photograph of the lovely ladies from Troon Library Book Group who’s monthly get together also happened to fall on World Book Day this year.  The group have been meeting for 8 years now and always enjoy a lively discussion and a cuppa.They have just finished reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell which they gave mixed reviews.

Find out how to join this or any of the other groups that take place in our libraries.

National Crime Writing Week

June 1, 2011

Book shelf with books and feet poking out with dead body toe tag on one foot

National Crime Writing Week 13th-19th June 2011, and all this week we are going to be posting on our blog the wide variety of events that will be taking place in South Ayrshire Libraries.  There is something for everyone to enjoy; book groups, author talks, an old Ayr crime walk, and murder mystery nights.  We really hope you can join us for a week of crime related thrills.

Book Group Social Evening

Read any book in the series by Scottish Crime writer Alex Gray and join in our evening discussion.

Alex Gray is often hailed as Glasgow’s answer to Ian Rankin.  With eight crime novels already published and her two main characters, Detective Chief Inspector Lorimer and psychologist Solomon Brightman proving so popular, her books are rapidly gaining a huge fan base.

Monday 13th June 2011
at 7.30pm
Carnegie Library,
12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB

Tickets £3 (Refereshments provided)

For more information about this event please telephone (01292) 286385 or speak to your book group co-ordinator.

Find Alex Gray books on our library catalogue

The Monday Book Group

August 17, 2010

Aileen’s book group are pictured enjoying a spirited discussion of their latest read ‘Wolf Hall’ by Hilary Mantel.  They are having far too much fun – that’s supposed to be a serious book!  If you are interested in joining a book group, or even setting up your own, give Aileen a phone on 01292 286385.

Carnegie Library book group enjoying a good discussion

Carnegie Library book group enjoying a good discussion

Crime Fiction Week 14th – 20th June 2010

May 17, 2010

Crime Fiction Week is fast approaching, and all this week we are going to be posting on our blog the wide variety of events that will be taking place in South Ayrshire Libraries.  There is something for everyone; book groups, author talks, an old Ayr crime walk, murder mysteries, and even forensic science crafts for kids.  We really hope you can join us for a week of crime related thrills.

Book Group Social Evening

Read any book in the series by Jo Nesbø and join in our evening discussion.

Photograph of Author Jo NesbøWith his eight internationally acclaimed crime novels featuring Detective Harry Hole, Jo Nesbø has achieved an unparalleled success both in his native country Norway and abroad, winning the hearts of critics, booksellers and readers alike. Nesbø has been lavishly praised by international critics for broadening the scope of the contemporary crime novel, and is today regarded as one of Europe’s most important crime writers.

Monday 14th June, Carnegie Library at 7.30pm
Tickets £2, available from Carnegie Library.
Refreshments provided.

Find items by Jo  Nesbø on our library catalogue

Telephone (01292) 286385 for more information or contact